The History of The UEFA Euro: 1968, A Year of Firsts and Lasts

This week we look at UEFA Euro 1968, a year of firsts, a year of chance and a very different competition to the tournament we know today. Italy were the host nation and went on to win their only European championship to date in a pretty unconventional manner - making their way past the USSR by means of a coin toss and beating Yugoslavia in a Final that was played twice.

Nations League Round 4 Recap: Some Shocking Defeats to Report

Round 4 was exciting and surely a step up after the results witnessed three days prior. With two international games under their belts, the teams gave a better account of themselves, and there were far fewer chinks in the armors at the display. While France and Portugal reassured their positions with convincing victories, Spain and England lost to Ukraine and Denmark.

Nations League Round 3 Recap: A Ronaldo – Mbappé Stalemate

If you were expecting drama, you should have missed the Round 3 of the UEFA Nations League fixtures this weekend. The status quo remained the same with plenty of tied games across the board. This is not to say there weren't any interesting movements in the different groups’ points table, but surely fans were expecting more from games like France - Portugal.

Mount Goal Leaves Martinez Ruing as England Claim Win Over Belgium

England came from behind to beat Belgium 2-1 in their third game of this year's Nations League tournament, topping their group with seven points. Gareth Southgate named a strong side to face the Belgians tonight, headed by the in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Marcus Rashford. But it was former Everton manager Roberto Martinez whose Belgium side took an early lead.
In Round 2 of the Nations League, it was the Cristiano Ronaldo show in Stockholm as the Juventus ace scored a brace to get to 101 goals for Portugal

Nations League Round Two Recap: Cristiano Ronaldo Does It Again!

The second round of the Nations League saw Cristiano Ronaldo stealing the stage but there was much more that happened both on and off the pitch. The international break ended just like it began, unable to answer how the coronavirus pandemic can be managed in football. Kylian Mbappé was the notable casualty of national duty, though he will soon return to action.
Portugal thrashed Croatia in their first game of the Nations League A - Here's our full recap of the round

Nations League A Round Recap: Portugal Off To a Stunning Start

After a gap of an eternity, international fixtures returned with the resumption of the UEFA Nations League, so here is our full recap of the First Round in the Division A of the competition. Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence was the main talking point for the Portuguese team, but his side still did light work of the Croatians who were missing Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric.

Meanwhile in Moscow: Third Spot of WC Podium Goes to Belgium

The World Cup Third Place Playoff is probably the saddest game in the whole football season calendar. The match no team would like to be playing, having just lost the chance to be part of the real deal that happens the following day. Belgium earned the third spot by beating England 2-0 in Saint Petersburg with goals by Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard.

Meanwhile in Moscow: Perisic-Mandzu Take Croatia to Last Act

Croatia are the second finalist of World Cup 2018. Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic pushed the Balkan side into their first world final ever, overturning Kieran Trippier’s initial lead for England. The Vatreni will thus face France next Sunday at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow for the last act, a totally deserved achievement for the white-and-red checkered squad.

Meanwhile in Moscow: England, Is It Really Coming Home?

In 1996, the British band Three Lions released “Football Is Coming Home,” referring to the fact that England was hosting its first major football tournament since the 1966 World Cup. The song eventually evolved to hint at the Brits' hopes of bringing home the World Cup trophy this year. Gareth Southgate's team made one more step in that direction by beating Sweden 2-0.

Meanwhile in Moscow: Belgium, One Goal to Conspiracy

A beautiful goal to England by lost talent Adnan Januzaj secured Belgium’s first place in World Cup Group H, in a match where both coaches Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez seemed more willing to preserve their top players, than go for the win - as qualifying from the second spot of the pool meant gaining access to an easier part of the knock-out phase bracket.

Meanwhile in Moscow: England Burst Through Panama

In a World Cup Group G where goal difference could be a tie-breaker for catching the first spot, England closed their gap with Belgium today by smashing 6-1 a Panamanian side that objectively proved inadequate for a world stage. Harry Kane scored three of those goals, suddenly jumping to the top of the scorers list. John Stones (2), and Jesse Lingard rounded up the score.

Cup of Tea: The Night Harry Kane Attempted My Life

Last week, I met some clients from London who asked me "So, what are you going to do during this summer?" My answer was "I'm gonna root for England, of course." Being an Italian, it goes without saying that their were filled with surprise: "Why?," they asked. There are at least three reasons. Check the first episode of "Cup of Tea" to find out what they are!